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Yet another delicous vin rouge made by the super talented Eric Fabre, the former wine-maker at Château Lafite Rothschild in Bordeaux. This ripe, silky red is a luscious blend of the classic southern French grapey-trio Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre and it shows Eric’s wine making skills very, very well. Rich and powerful, but so comfy and smooth in the mouth. Indulge yourself with a big platter of cold cuts and pour the glasses. Magnifique!
Hints of dark fruit, cassis and violets, complemented by some peppery notes and liquorice.
Smooth, ripe lush juicy fruits, moderate acidity, fine grained tannins and a spicy finish.
Pictures from left to right: (1) Eric Fabre and his son Vianney (2) Morning harvest overlooking the Mediterranean Sea.
Chateau d’Anglès is a leading quality producer situated in the heart of La Clape, on the Mediterranean coast in France’s Languedoc region. Here, the Fabre family crafts exciting Grenache based red wines and surprising whites from the local Bourboulenc grape.
Owner and winemaker Eric Fabre served as the Technical Director at Chateau Lafite Rothschild in Bordeaux for nearly a decade, so having reached the pinnacle of Cabernet based red wines, he turned his attention to finding the perfect place to pursue a new direction emphasizing Grenache based reds.
Along with his wife, Christine, Eric Fabre began his search in 2001 and quickly discovered the magic of this southern French coastal terroir. Since their purchase of Chateau d’Angles that same year, this stunning estate has received 35 Gold Medals – and a ton of exciting coverage from leading wine critics around the globe, including Decanter Magazine, Jancis Robinson and others.
Style: Full bodied, rich red
Country of Origin: France
Region: Languedoc (La Clape)
Appellation: AOP Languedoc
Grape: 40% Syrah, 40% Grenache, 20% Mourvèdre,
Bottle size: 0,75L
Closure: Natural cork
Drink by: 2020
Languedoc-Roussillon | France
The Languedoc-Rousillon area was once a source only for cheap and uninteresting bulk wine… But wine production in this sun-drenched region, hugging the Mediterranean from the Rhône delta to the Spanish border, has undergone a major change in recent years. Languedoc-Roussillon is now proving its ability to make wonderful terroir wines at very reasonable prices. The region is thriving with so many exciting wine producers and it has fewer traditions to respect than, say Bordeaux and Burgundy, so these growers are not afraid to experiment and innovate.
It’s France’s biggest wine region, with a bit over 200,000 hectares (almost 500,000 acres). A quarter of the French vineyard acreage. It has a variety of climates and a matching variety of wine styles. Vines grow both along the Mediterranean and in the mountainous inland. These mountains and the winds give cooler sites enabling the talented producers to make wines with a crispy freshness.
While the Languedoc and Roussillon appellations are usually lumped together, wines made in these two areas are typically quite distinct in style. The Languedoc, located closer to the Rhône Valley, produces everything from juicy, fruit bombs meant for immediate pleasure to more serious, full-bodied, and structured wines that call to mind the best examples from the Rhône Valley. Roussillon, on the other hand, is an essentially Catalan region near France’s border with Spain, producing distinctly warm wines of near-roasted ripeness. One aromatic element that infuses many of the Roussillon wines from across this region is that of ‘garrigue‘, the wild and pungently herbal/spicy brush that dots hillsides along France’s Mediterranean coast.